Check back often, presenters will be updated as we get closer to March!
Our speakers are chosen because they are proven change agents. In their sessions they will be sharing how their life's passion can increase student achievement, and teacher job satisfaction.
Educator, out-of-the-box thinker, in search of good in the world. Sue is a middle school principal in one of California’s highest performing districts. She has been featured on NBC Nightly News with Lester Holt and has been named ACSA’s Region 6 Principal of the Year for 2018. Sue believes that human connection, kindness and a sense of fun are paramount to the teaching of kids. She is committed to the notion that our best selves are present in the classroom when our own emotional buckets are full.
Participants can expect a highly energetic and fun experience that can be adapted for their own classroom or campus.
The Kid Whisperer
Joe is one of those teachers who just might have more fun at recess than the students. His positivity and curiosity for learning has allowed him to persevere through unimaginable personal challenges. Joe returns to EdFest to go deeper into how adults can connect with their students and build meaningful relationships that lead to increased imagination and productivity.
Participants can expect to leave with a new sense of excitement for inspiring young minds.
Yoga and Mindfulness in the Classroom
Feedback from Christina’s first EdFest presentation was overwhelmingly positive! She is returning for another year to help educators identify the stressors of the profession and effectively manage the mental and physical symptoms resulting from the rigorous job we all love. The focus of these strategies will be for both students and teachers.
Participants will learn to recognize signs of mental and physical stress in themselves and their students so that they can calm the mind and increase mindful awareness.
Dr. Chad Miller
Teaching Students to Lead an Examined Life
EdFest’s first keynote speaker plans to return in 2020 to continue sharing his expertise in building intellectually safe classrooms and guiding students and teachers through powerful activities to increase thinking and inquiry.
Chad is the Director of Teacher Development for the University of Hawaii, the 2012 Hawaiʻi State Teacher of the Year, a National Board Certified Teacher, and a tried and true classroom teacher.
Chad's collaboration with public school teachers in Hawaii incorporates philosophical inquiry "community circles" in classrooms K-12, and helps them incorporate the activity of philosophy into their classrooms so that students begin to lead a more examined life.
Participants can expect to learn and practice how to use students' curiosities, and bring relevance and excitement into their classrooms and content areas.
The Surf Professor
After his first year, we hope to get Kumu (teacher) Ian's teachings outside the venue walls so he can share his passion for the special place he calls home. His lessons are always place-based and founded on Hawaiian cultural concepts that are deeply rooted in nature, the spirit of aloha, and the belief that we are all comprised of one `ohana (family). ʻE heʻe-ana kākou! (“Let’s all go surfing together!”).
Participants can expect to be deeply engaged in multicultural professional development, drawing parallels from an indigenous culture who was so advanced and bountiful that they had the time and disposition to invent the sport of surfing for the sheer joy of it.
Martial Arts and Interpersonal Relationships
Building on his first year at EdFest 2019, Jon plans to go deeper into the mental and physical challenges of martial arts. He finds connections between his passion for Kali (an indiginous Filipino martial art), and how the unique challenges and relationships that come with being an educator.
Participants can expect to be guided through self-reflection and communication techniques that will leave them ready to better handle conflict at work.